I Heard the Owl Call My Name

I Heard the Owl Call My Name

Book - 1976
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Mark Brian, a young Anglican priest who has not long to live, is sent to the Indian village of Kingcome in the wilds of British Columbia. While sharing the hunting and fishing, the festivals and funerals, the joys and sorrows of a once-proud tribe, Mark learns enough of life to be ready to die. On a cold winter evening when he hears the owl call his name, Mark understands what is to come . . . An outstanding and much-acclaimed first novel. The author's perception, wisdom and insight give her unique story the quality of a legend or fable. 'A rare clarity and simplicity. It is a long time since I was so moved by a story, touching in its dignity and wise in its folklore' Daily Telegraph
Publisher: London : Pan Books, 1976, c1967
ISBN: 9780330247658
0330247654

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MsMarple May 07, 2010

An unusual story but full of very ineresting minor characters and story lines. The descriptions of the country were beautiful.


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wyenotgo
Dec 05, 2016

This is simply a beautiful little story. Not just set in, but deeply imbedded in the temperate rainforest of the pacific Northwest, in a remote native village where the ancient traditions are slowly being eroded as the young people begin leaving to join the white man's world. A young priest whose days are numbered here finds his true home. The cycle of the natural world and a sense of place pervades every aspect of the story. "Here every bird and fish knew its course. Every tree had its own place upon the earth. Only man had lost his way." Upon departing from a visit to the village the Bishop comments "It has always been easier here, where only the fundamentals count, to learn what every man must learn in this world ..... enough of the meaning of life to be ready to die."

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lonewolf8
Aug 08, 2015

A well-written, but formulaic story. An outsider (a vicar here) is assigned to work in a remote Indian village where he is initially seen with suspicion. Over much time, he and the Indians come to respect each other even though the outside world is threatening the village and posing to destroy a culture. It sticks to formula, and there are no surprises. But is was interesting to read about this particular tribe's way of life which is long past.

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brinyurchin
Apr 07, 2012

A quiet and beautiful story of a lost time.

Quimeras Mar 10, 2012

I cannot pretend to know enough about First Nations to comment on Craven’s interpretation of their way of life. I can only say that this book was poetic and beautiful in its simplicity.

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damation
Jan 13, 2011

Small easy to read book about a missionary in a remote native village in BC.
Full of vivid imagery and a wonderful glimpse of a lost way of life.

It also tells a powerful story of how two cultures can be crossed with respect and humor.

Great Canadian story and worth the read.

MsMarple May 07, 2010

An unusual story but full of very ineresting minor characters and story lines. The descriptions of the country were beautiful.

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lonewolf8
Aug 08, 2015

'Now you can help us with their problem.' Tagoona asked, 'What is a problem?' and the white man said, 'Tagoona, if I held you by your heels from a third-story window, you would have a problem.' Tagoona considered this long and carefully. Then he said, 'I do not think so. If you save me, all would be well. If you dropped me, nothing would matter. It is you who would have the problem.'

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lonewolf8
Aug 08, 2015

It was death reaching out his hand, touching the face gently, even before the owl had called his name.

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lonewolf8
Aug 08, 2015

Here every bird and fish knew its course. Every tree had its own place upon this earth. Only man had lost his way.

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lonewolf8
Aug 08, 2015

...and to care was to live and to suffer.

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Aug 08, 2015

A young vicar is sent to serve at a remote Pacific Northwest Indian village and has to learn the ways of the people there as well as gain their trust. The Indian people are undergoing a significant change in their history. Their youth are being educated in residential schools and are losing touch with their native tongue, culture and customs, while the adults are being tempted with alcohol.

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